Hiyas, Complete newbie to Martial Arts here. As a family (mid-30's age wife, 3.5yo son, & myself late 30's age) looking at getting into some kind of martial arts, mainly for: 1) Some fitness & exercise, 2) Learn some self defense, 3) Enjoy a challenging, progressive activity as a family, 4) Some reasonable education about confrontation techniques, balance, coordination, etc. especially for the boy as he grows, 5) Improvement on some self discipline and something healthy, productive & active to focus on. Prob looking at getting into something 1 night a week during whatever season (if they even have "seasons"), with a view to giving it a good somewhat regular go over the coming years if we all enjoy and find we are getting a fair bit out of it. We may find some karate type of activity more enjoyable, or some Tae Kwon Do type of activity more enjoyable - don't know. Only something pretty casual, I cannot see any of us getting into it seriously. However I personally would like to achieve some reasonable level of beginner's self defence at some stage. In the Newcastle NSW area I see: 1) Tae Kwon Do - southerncrosstkd.com.au - has some weekly classes at certain suburban locations. 2) Kumiai-Ryu Martial Arts - krmas.com - at the Broadmeadow PCYC have weekly sessions including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kata Class, & Karate-based Old Style Okinawan/Kyusho Jitsu/Ju-Jitsu/Kali etc. (instructors accredited thru AKWF & MAIA) (Whatever all that means 3) HVMAC - huntermartialarts.com.au - Chitokai/Chito-Ryu Karate As well as some other places. Any advice on how we might get into this type of thing, what I should be considering & looking for? Thanks in advance.